WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ WBRZ Southern Sports Southern Sports en-us Copyright 2014, WBRZ. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:11:01 GMT Synapse CMS 10 WBRZ http://www.wbrz.com/ 144 25 Jaguars look for 6th straight win in final home game http://www.wbrz.com/news/jaguars-look-for-6th-straight-win-in-final-home-game/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jaguars-look-for-6th-straight-win-in-final-home-game/ Southern Sports Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:11:27 AM Greg Renoud Jaguars look for 6th straight win in final home game

BATON ROUGE - The Southern Jaguars (6-1, 7-3) close out their slate of home games tonight against Mississippi Valley State (1-7, 2-8) in Mumford Stadium.

The game kicks off at 6 p.m.

If SU pulls out the win today, next week's match up against Grambling at the Bayou Classic will determine who represents the west in the SWAC championship game.

The Jaguars are riding a 5 game win streak and are in second place in the SWAC west. The Delta Devil's loan SWAC win came against Jackson State more than a month ago.

QB Austin Howard was 15 for 25 in pass attempts last week for 177 yards and rushed for 1 TD. Lenard Tillery, Tyre Bracken and Reginald Redding also found the end zone on the ground.

MVSU is coming off a 38-23 loss to Grambling. The Delta Devils started the game going up 14-0 before Grambling scored 28 unanswered points. MVSU is led by QB Quantavius Peterson who went 17 for 23 with 138 yards and 1 TD last week, but was sacked 9 times.

 


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Southern makes it 5 straight with win over Texas Southern 30-20 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-makes-it-5-straight-with-win-over-texas-southern-30-20/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-makes-it-5-straight-with-win-over-texas-southern-30-20/ Southern Sports Sat, 8 Nov 2014 10:27:27 PM Chris Price Southern makes it 5 straight with win over Texas Southern 30-20

BATON ROUGE - The Southern Jaguars won their fifth straight game as they beat Texas Southern 30-20 on Saturday night. 

The Jags were tested once again, falling behind 17-14 after a Jags punt was blocked and returned for a touchdown. 

The Jags marched right back down the field, though, as Austin Howard capped off a scoring drive with a 9 yard touchdown run to put Southern back up 21-17 and the Jags never looked back. 

If the Jags beat Mississippi Valley State next weekend, it'll set up a Bayou Classic showdown against Grambling state with a birth in the SWAC championship game on the line. 


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Southern wins 4th straight, tops Alabama State 28-21 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-wins-4th-straight-tops-alabama-state-28-21/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-wins-4th-straight-tops-alabama-state-28-21/ Southern Sports Sat, 1 Nov 2014 4:57:30 PM Chris Price Southern wins 4th straight, tops Alabama State 28-21

BATON ROUGE - Southern began its 3 game home stand with a tough test against Alabama State, but Austin Howard provided the go-ahead score for the Jags in the 4th quarter and Southern won 28-21.  

The Jags moved ahead 28-21 in the 4th quarter as Austin Howard ran for a 9 yard touchdown. 

The Hornets may have lost 3 straight, but they struck first at Mumford Stadium, getting a 37 yard touchdown run from Malcolm Cyrus to give the Hornets a 7-0 lead. 

The Jaguars struck back in the 2nd quarter, first with a field goal and then an 18 yard touchdown pass from Austin Howard to Willie Quinn. 

A blocked extra point left the score at 9-7 Jags. 

The Jags scored two more field goals and a touchdown to go up 21-14 in the 3rd quarter, but the Hornets answered to tie the game at 21 in the early 4th. 

Howard finished with 291 yards through the air and 2 scores, and 55 rushing yards and another touchdown on the ground.


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Southern focusing on finishing strong http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-focusing-on-finishing-strong/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-focusing-on-finishing-strong/ Southern Sports Tue, 28 Oct 2014 9:23:55 PM Seth Lewis Southern focusing on finishing strong

BATON ROUGE - As Southern welcomes Alabama State into town, the two teams couldn't be heading in more opposite direction.

The Jags, who are 4-1 in the SWAC, are on an impressive three game winning streak. The Hornets, who sit at 3-3 in the conference, are on a three game losing streak. 

Southern Head Coach Dawson Odums says the team's main focus is finishing down the stretch strong. 

"Well we told our guys their are 30 days left in the season. So what are you going to decide," said Odums. "Starting this week, it's about sacrifice. For 30 days, give yourself up for the reward that's at the end."

Working in their favor, Southern plays the next three games at home. If the Jags sweep the next three games, that should set up a matchup for the SWAC West crown against Grambling in the Bayou Classic 

 


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Southern rallies, stuns Alabama A&M 35-34 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-rallies-stuns-alabama-aandm-35-34/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-rallies-stuns-alabama-aandm-35-34/ Southern Sports Sat, 11 Oct 2014 3:26:12 PM Chris Price Southern rallies, stuns Alabama A&M 35-34

HUNTSVILLE, AL - Malcom Crockett scored a 1 yard touchdown with 51 seconds remaining in the game as Southern rallied from a 20 point deficit to stun Alabama A&M 35-34 Saturday afternoon.

The Jaguars fell behind the Bulldogs 34-14, then rallied with 21 unanswered points to finish the game. 

Austin Howard completed just 17 of 41 pass attempts, but did throw a couple of touchdown passes with both of them coming during the Jaguars furious rally. 

Southern running back Lenard Tillery led the way for the Jags ground game with 93 yards and two touchdowns, and the team combined for 167 rushing yards. 

The Jags improve to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in SWAC play, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-3 in the SWAC.


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Aeneas Williams honored by Southern at homecoming http://www.wbrz.com/news/aeneas-williams-honored-by-southern-at-homecoming/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/aeneas-williams-honored-by-southern-at-homecoming/ Southern Sports Sun, 5 Oct 2014 9:08:50 PM Seth Lewis Aeneas Williams honored by Southern at homecoming

BATON ROUGE - What a year it's been for Aeneas Williams. 

In August, the former safety for the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals was inducted into the NFL hall of fame. Then on Saturday, he was honored by his alma mater, Southern, at homecoming.

The school, celebrating it's 100th year in Baton Rouge, holding a presentation at halftime for Williams. The Southern board of directors presenting the New Orleans native with a proclamation. Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden giving Williams a key to the city and declaring October 4th, 2014 "Aeneas Williams Day." Also, Williams fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi administering a plaque to him as well.

The biggest crowd in Mumford Stadium this year giving Williams a nice standing ovation throughout the presentation.


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Southern rides big offensive night to homecoming win over UAPB 51-36 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-rides-big-offensive-night-to-homecoming-win-over-uapb-51-36/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-rides-big-offensive-night-to-homecoming-win-over-uapb-51-36/ Southern Sports Sat, 4 Oct 2014 5:34:15 PM Chris Price Southern rides big offensive night to homecoming win over UAPB 51-36

BATON ROUGE - The Southern Jaguars found their offensive spark and rode a big offensive performance to a 51-36 win over Arkansas Pine Bluff. 

The Jags homecoming game saw a lot of offensive fireworks, including a 79 yard touchdown pass from Austin Howard to Reggie Travis to start the scoring. 

The Golden Lions responded with a defensive touchdown, but the Jags bounced right back as Danny Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff back 98 yards for a touchdown to make the score 14-7. 

Howard added two more touchdown throws and had 3 on the day.

The Jags racked up 465 yards of total offense. 


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Jags Odums: "Everything is still in front of us" http://www.wbrz.com/news/jags-odums-everything-is-still-in-front-of-us-/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jags-odums-everything-is-still-in-front-of-us-/ Southern Sports Tue, 30 Sep 2014 9:03:17 PM Chris Price Jags Odums:

BATON ROUGE - Following a lopsided loss to Alcorn State, Southern head coach Dawson Odums still believes his Jaguars can accomplish all their goals this season if the team remains focused. 

"Everything that we can achieve is still in front of us," said Odums Tuesday morning.

Despite the big final deficit against Alcorn (56-16) Odums saw signs of positive play, including the Jags 4 takeaways on defense, as well as the ability to move the ball in stretches on offense. 

The Jags (1-1 in SWAC) are still only one game back in the division and now welcome Arkansas Pine-Bluff (0-2) Saturday at 5:30. It is the Jaguars homecoming weekend. 

 


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Southern smacked by Alcorn State 56-16 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-smacked-by-alcorn-state-56-16/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-smacked-by-alcorn-state-56-16/ Southern Sports Sat, 27 Sep 2014 6:15:33 PM Chris Price Southern smacked by Alcorn State 56-16

LORMAN, MS - Alcorn State got a big win over Southern, as the Braves beat the Jaguars 56-16. 

The Jaguars came into the game 1-0 in SWAC play, hoping to assert themselves as the team to beat in the conference. 

Instead, they'll have to reevaluate after giving up more than 400 yards rushing and 682 yards of total offense. 

The Jaguars started with the first score of the game, as Austin Howard found Justin Morgan on a 51 yard touchdown pass to make the score 7-0. 

After that, though, it was all Braves as Alcorn scored four consecutive touchdowns to make the score 28-7 in the 2nd quarter. 

The Jags scored a field goal and a touchdown, respectively, to cut the Braves lead to 28-16 at the half, but the Braves scored 3 more touchdowns to put the game out of reach. 


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Southern confident in Austin Howard http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-confident-in-austin-howard/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-confident-in-austin-howard/ Southern Sports Tue, 23 Sep 2014 8:38:23 PM Seth Lewis Southern confident in Austin Howard

Lost in the shuffle of Southern's impressive 34-24 victory win over Prairie View was the performance of true freshman quarterback Austin Howard.

In his first collegiate start, the West St John native completing over 50 percent of his passses, scoring two touchdowns, one in the air and one on the ground. But most importantly, not turning the ball over in a pivotal SWAC opener.

"He was sharp because he took the majority of reps during practice and it showed during the game," Southern Head Coach Dawson Odums said. "When you hand the ball off, it's cuts off on your mistakes and it improves your decision making and I thought he did a very good job of managing the offense."

"Austin did great. He took control of the game. He came in, made a few key throws here and there," running back Lenard Tillery said. "We just took the load off of him so he didn't have to worry about much. His first time on the field he was making checks that nobody had heard of. Just coming from high school, he knows that if he sees this, he's got to check out of it because it's a bad play."

"He was very poised coming in and out the huddle," Justin Morgan said. "Letting us know, we got this. Lets keep going, keep pouring it on. Very composed. So it was a good thing seeing that."

 

 


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Legendary Coach Roger Cador discusses autobiography http://www.wbrz.com/news/legendary-coach-roger-cador-discusses-autobiography/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/legendary-coach-roger-cador-discusses-autobiography/ Southern Sports Tue, 23 Sep 2014 6:45:48 AM Hunter Robinson Legendary Coach Roger Cador discusses autobiography

BATON ROUGE - Longtime Southern University Baseball Coach Roger Cador is entering his 30th year with the team.

He's a winner, a history-maker, a baseball visionary on the diamond and he's done it Against All Odds. That's the title of Cador's autobiography. You can get it now on Amazon or wait a few weeks and get one from Cador at a book signing.

Watch the video for more information.


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Southern has new life with win over Prairie View A&M http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-has-new-life-with-win-over-prairie-view-aandm/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-has-new-life-with-win-over-prairie-view-aandm/ Southern Sports Sun, 21 Sep 2014 9:16:25 PM Chris Price Southern has new life with win over Prairie View A&M

BATON ROUGE - The Southern Jaguars may have turned their season around with a win against Prairie View A&M  on Saturday: at the very least, they started off their conference season in the right way. 

The Jaguars got a lift both offensively from Austin Howard and a couple of key interceptions from the defense as they held off a late Panthers rally.

The Jags now turn their attention to Alcorn State next Saturday. 


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Southern beats Prairie View 34-24 in SWAC opener http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-beats-prairie-view-34-24-in-swac-opener/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-beats-prairie-view-34-24-in-swac-opener/ Southern Sports Sat, 20 Sep 2014 6:16:45 PM Chris Price Southern beats Prairie View 34-24 in SWAC opener

PRAIRIE VIEW, TX - The Southern Jaguars built a 24-10 lead over Prairie View A&M in their SWAC opener and held on to get a 34-24 win in Texas on Saturday night.

The Jaguars struck first as Lenard Tillery scored on a 21 yard touchdown run to give the Jags a 7-0 lead. 

The Jagurs picked off Panthers quarterback Jerry Lovelocke twice in the first half, and Austin Howard led the Jags on another scoring drive that made the score 17-7.

The Panthers cut the lead to 17-10, but Willie Quinn responded with a 90 yard kick return for a touchdown to make the score 24-10.


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Southern ready for SWAC opener versus Prairie View http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-ready-for-swac-opener-versus-prairie-view/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-ready-for-swac-opener-versus-prairie-view/ Southern Sports Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:04:31 PM Seth Lewis Southern ready for SWAC opener versus Prairie View

BATON ROUGE - Southern is the reigning SWAC Champs, but there not focusing any time on past achievements. 

The Jags starting their road to a 2014 crown against the Panthers of Prairie View A&M. Southern and Prairie View, picked in the preseason to finish first and second in the SWAC West, have struggled some to start the season. The two teams combining for a 1-4 record, and still looking to establish an identity.

Southern pulled out a 62-59 double overtime thriller against Prairie View in their 2013 matchup, after trailing 35-13 in the 3rd quarter. The 2013 matchup was viewed as a turning point to the Jaguars season, as they eventually won the SWAC title. Southern hoping that a win this weekend could serve the same purpose. 

Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. at Blackshears Stadium.


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Update Southern says Redding was eligible to play vs NSU http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-southern-says-redding-was-eligible-to-play-vs-nsu/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/update-southern-says-redding-was-eligible-to-play-vs-nsu/ Southern Sports Tue, 16 Sep 2014 5:21:39 PM Seth Lewis Update Southern says Redding was eligible to play vs NSU

UPDATE 9/17:

Southern University released a statement on Wednesday stating that OL Reginald Redding was eligible to play in the Jaguars' game against Northwestern State on Saturday night.

The school said in the release that "a misinterpretation of a conversation involving the student-athlete and the SU compliance officer Monday resulted in the student-athlete's comments to a reporter that he believed he was not eligible to play. Redding was cleared to play in the game against Northwestern State.

Redding's status as a certified eligible student-athlete remains unchanged and he is eligible to play for the rest of the season."

BATON ROUGE - Southern starting Left Tackle Reginald Redding took the field against Northwestern State Saturday, but he wasn't suppose to. 

The junior was on a list of ineligible players but his name was overread, according to Redding. The list included the three starting defensive backs that were held out of the game, Dionte McDuffy, Kevin King and De'Andre Woodland.

 

It's the third time Redding has been ruled ineligible this year. Redding hopes to be cleared for this week's SWAC opener versus Prairie View.


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Southern falls to Northwestern State 51-27 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-falls-to-northwestern-state-51-27/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-falls-to-northwestern-state-51-27/ Southern Sports Sat, 13 Sep 2014 5:17:16 PM Chris Price Southern falls to Northwestern State 51-27

BATON ROUGE - Southern got a double dose of heartache on Saturday as Jaguars lost to Northwestern State 51-27, while off the field the Jags lost three more players to compliance issues. 

"I don't know any of my friends in the coaching profession going through it so they can't give me advice," said Odums after the game.

The Jags lost three defensive backs just minutes before the game: Safety Dionte McDuffy, defensive back De'Andre Woodland and defensive back Kevin King all failed to meet compliance regulations, adding to the seven players already finished for the season.

"It is what it is and I don't know what it is," Odums said. 

The Jags had no answer for Zach Adkins either. 

Adkins accounted for 5 touchdowns on the day, which tied Bobby Hebert for most in Deamons history. 

The Deamons jumped out to a 17-nothing lead after a Northwestern State fumble return for a touchdown. 

The Jaguars responded with a 75-yard touchdown pass from Austin Howard to Willie Quinn, but that's as close as it got.

The Deamons answered right back with a touchdown of their own to make the score 24-7 and the rout was on.


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JJ Walker makes his Southern debut http://www.wbrz.com/news/jj-walker-makes-his-southern-debut/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/jj-walker-makes-his-southern-debut/ Southern Sports Tue, 9 Sep 2014 9:19:32 PM Seth Lewis JJ Walker makes his Southern debut

In case you missed it, Saturday marked the debut of a guy everyone in the Jaguars locker room regards as a natural born superstar. The 5 star prospect out of West Feliciana, JJ Walker

JJ hitting the field with his Jag teammates for the first time since signing with the team in March. But that wasn't the first time we were introduced to JJ here at WBRZ. We first met him in 2012, when he wanted to tackle bad guys at the same time he was beginning his battle with DIPG, a rare brain tumor that has a 6 to 12 month life expectancy. Over two years later, JJ, leading Southern out of the tunnel a special moment not just for he and his family.

"It was an inspiration to other kids." JJ Walker said. "It was pretty good, yeah. I loved it. And I liked when we rocked back and forth"

JJ's favorite reason for the joining the team is simple


"For me I have brothers now"

Brothers like Brian McCain, the Jags starting fullback and JJ's best friend on the team."We were able to spend time together this summer." Brian McCain said. "We went to see transformers. We had a great time. We ate a lot of popcorn, skittles and everything."


For McCain, he picks up a friendship that will last well beyond his playing days.

"i'm looking forward to keeping in touch with him and hanging out with him for the entirety of life"


And for JJ, he can up what McCain means to him in three poetic words.

"Happiness, courage and love."

JJ says he plans to attend every Southern home game that he can. As the Jags are undefeated this year when he's in attendance. Reporting on Southern, I'm Seth Lewis, WBRZ Sports 2.

 

 

 


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Southern Respecting Northwestern State http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-respecting-northwestern-state/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-respecting-northwestern-state/ Southern Sports Tue, 9 Sep 2014 8:35:05 PM Seth Lewis Southern Respecting Northwestern State

Week 3 for Southern brings into Baton Rouge their most evenly matched opponent in Northwestern State, another FCS school from in-state. Now you may remember, the two teams met last year, with the demons getting the edge 55-14. Some even saying Southern underestimated Northwestern State, but head coach Dawson Odums promises none of that will be happening this year.

"Our guys understand man we have to respect our opponents." Southern Head Coach Dawson Odums said. "We're going to play against a good football team. A very good football team. Even though they're oh and two, they're capable of putting up big numbers. Especially from the offensive side of the ball. And they're capable of playing dominating defense."

There's also the excitement of playing the in-state foe, located only 3 hours apart, against familiar faces lining up across from you.

"A lot of the players know guys on the team. A lot of family and friends are probably trying to come and watch. It creates a natural rivalry because of the proximity of the schools. It gives a chance to have a really college atmosphere and I think that's why college football is so exciting and interesting to watch."

Outside of redemption, and maybe some in-state bragging rights, this game should also serve as a great tune-up for Southern before they head into SWAC play come next week. Reporting on the Jags, I'm Seth Lewis, WBRZ Sports 2.


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Southern runs wild, Jaguars breeze by Central Methodist 52-14 http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-runs-wild-jaguars-breeze-by-central-methodist-52-14/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-runs-wild-jaguars-breeze-by-central-methodist-52-14/ Southern Sports Sat, 6 Sep 2014 5:07:10 PM Chris Price Southern runs wild, Jaguars breeze by Central Methodist 52-14

BATON ROUGE - Southern University ran for almost 400 yards on the ground, and the Jags beat up on NAIA opponent Central Methodist 52-14.

A week after getting benched in the first quarter, quarterback Deonte Shorts earned another start and this time produced a much better result, completing 10 of 19 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown.

The big story, though, was the ground game, where the Jags ran for 395 yards and scored 6 rushing touchdowns. 

Tyre Bracken led the way on the ground for the Jags, rushing for 125 yards and a touchdown on just 8 carries.

The Jaguars started the scoring with a 3 yard touchdown run by Malcolm Crockett. 

After a Central Methodist touchdown, the Jags responded with a passing touchdown from Shorts to Reggie Travis to make the score 14-7.

The Jags also picked up touchdown runs from Jamarcus Jarvis, Brian McCann and Lenard Tillery.


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Southern doesn't take long to make QB switch http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-doesn-t-take-long-to-make-qb-switch/ http://www.wbrz.com/news/southern-doesn-t-take-long-to-make-qb-switch/ Southern Sports Sun, 31 Aug 2014 9:24:19 PM Chris Price Southern doesn't take long to make QB switch

LAFAYETTE - Dawson Odums began with Deonte Shorts at quarterback for his Southern University football team at Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, but quickly moved to freshman Austin Howard. 

It remains to be seen whether Odums will continue with Howard as the starter on September 6 against Central Methodist, but Odums likes what he sees from the former West St. John standout. 

Sports 2's Seth Lewis explains why Odums made the switch against the Cajuns. 


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